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Memorial Service

United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus
Saturday December 4th, 2021

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John L. Rathbone

John L. Rathbone, 85, of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021, at the Crown Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Cortland, NY.

Born in Pharsalia, NY, on December 15, 1935, John was the son of the late Leslie and Mildred Woolsey Rathbone. A lifelong resident of the area, he drove school bus for the Cincinnatus Central School for 15 years and also drove for Stafford Chevrolet for 15 years. He worked as an electrician in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1955 to 1959, and then for Eastern Airlines, Mohawk Airlines, Monarch Machine and Tool, and Maxson International, before becoming a self-employed electrician.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma Closson Rathbone; and his children, Shawn (Jamie) Rathbone of Auburn, Sandra (Michael) Randall of Cincinnatus, Maryanne (Gray) Fredrick of Oak Ridge, TN, and Amy (Jason) Morgan of Glen Aubry. He also leaves behind a brother, Clyde (Haruko) Rathbone of Las Vegas, NV; a sister, Lois (Richard) Dodge of Cincinnatus; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a special grandson, Rhion Rathbone, in 2015; and sisters, Joan Livingston and Leslie Dodge.

A memorial service for John will be held at the United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus, on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor George Carruth officiating. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be sent to the United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus, P.O. Box 149, Cincinnatus, NY 13040.

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Please know that John and I loved John. We send our prayers and thoughts to Norma and family with love.

John and Jeanne Tennant Nov 23 2021 5:49 AM

My Sympathy to all the Family I've known Johnny most all my life Also there is a long story when we where 16 years old and went to the Catskills too much for here I still consider Johnny my Friend and always will
Johnny's a Great Man
Now a Great Spirit
Semper Fi
Lanny E Morse

Lanny E Morse Nov 19 2021 6:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Rathbone

Lanny E Morse Nov 19 2021 5:59 PM

To all of John's family. Occasionally we have the privilege of having a genuinely kind, nice man among us. We all had that privilege with John. Find strength in your memories of him. I liked him very much.

Charles Flint Nov 17 2021 9:20 AM

So sorry for your loss and praying for comfort and strength for your family.

Joanne Brown-Garringer Nov 16 2021 6:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Rathbone

Larry, Brienna and Devin Blanchard Nov 16 2021 5:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Rathbone

Mike & Lee Stith Nov 16 2021 4:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Rathbone

Lori Tankalavage Nov 15 2021 8:44 PM

Norma and family, so sorry for your loss. Many fond memories with you and John. Take care and hang on to all your wonderful memories.

Linda Christy Nov 15 2021 6:32 PM

Norma, Lois, Clyde and your families I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace for all.

Sharon Pryor Nov 15 2021 8:21 AM

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